Gene Hicks' Thunder Mountain, Albert bred, Black & Tans.

Since 1964, our Black & Tan hounds have been bred successfully for Racoon, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, and Bear.

Gene Hicks, Owner, Breeder, Trainer, with one of his favorite Black & Tans, GRAND NITE CHAMPION, GRAND CHAMPION, PKC CHAMPION, 'PR' HICKS THREE TIME ALBERT.

A BREED BUILDER'S CREED

Success, be it mighty or humble, operated for private monetary gain or public weal, or both, must base its' right for continued success on one's ability to consistently maintain an improving position in its field.

An inherent love for good hounds, gave birth to a widely known strain of hounds called the, "THUNDER MOUNTAIN BLACK & TANS".  Today, some 48 years later, they are world famed and called the, "ALBERT dogs".  Ambition has made expansion inevitable, and as time passed, an interest, and a sense of responsibility toward the breed was generated.  A seal was born to breed the world's best Black & Tan hounds.  A constant search, a requirement of the best blood of the breed, an intensification of the blood of the best, and by selective breeding over the years, is what our hounds are today.

I feel we have the soundest bred strain of Black & Tans in existence. We will continue to do our best to keep improving them each year.  You are invited to avail yourself of the fruits of our breeding program.

I pledge and promise to you, to strive, breed, and promote the best Black & Tan hound possible.  I remain a loyal and true Black & Tan fancier.

As always,

Yours for better Black & Tans

GENE HICKS

 

Gentlemen, come along and take a look at some of our most famed Black & Tans.   We've owned and trained very many good hounds, but lack of space will only let us show some of our finest.  Let's go back to the beginning, in 1964.

 

 

Gene Hicks, the early years

CH. HICKS' BIG FLASH, My first reg. Black & Tan SIRE-GOSSETT'S GRIT   DAM-GOSSETT'S JUNAS

CH. HICKS' BIG FLASH

Flash won 36 trophies in the hunts and shows.

'PR' HICKS HI-TONE TOPSY 1970 Hiwassee River Club Champion  Championship-11 hunts

NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' THUNDER MOUNTAIN MINGO SIRE-THUNDER MTN. MARK - GOSSETT BRED DAM-CH. DOSS' QUEEN- WAGNER BRED

Mingo was my first big stud dog. He was very hot, and in public demand in the 1970's.

NITE CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS' SWEETWATER SMOKEY

GRAND NITE CHAMPION- GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS BLACK BANDIT

The next big hound that I was proud to own, in the late 70's and early 80's, was HICKS' BLACK BANDIT.  BANDIT was a Bloodworth bred B&T.

Best Female of Show

NITE CH. GRAND CHAMPION THUNDER MTN. BLACK SQUAW

1980 Black & Tan Days

SIRE-HICKS' BLACK BANDIT

DAM-THUNDER MTN. ROSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top stud in 1980  Sire-Chester Ring Stover  Dam-Thunder Mt. Maggie

GRAND NIGHT CHAMPION

'PR' HICKS DYNAMITE DAN

 

Dan was a great hound that did not get treed on in his lifetime.  Dan won three first place cast to become a NITE CHAMPION.

Won - Five straight cast to become a GR. NITE CH.

Won - Fourth place at GRAND AMERICAN in 1987

Won - HIGH SCORING B&T at 1985 GRAND AMERICAN

Won - First Place - ENGLISH SECT., Maynardville, Tn

Won - First Place - 1984 at SOUTHERN CLASSIC

Gene and Joan Hicks are pictured with GR. NITE CH. DYNAMITE DAN.  Picture taken after Dan's big win at the 1987 GRAND AMERICAN

CH. NITE CH. OAKCHIA LUCY

SIRE- GRAND NITE CH. DAPPER DAN

DAM- GRAND NITE CH. THORNILL'S JULIE

 

CH. NITE CH. OAKCHIA LUCY, or better known as #1, was the start of the LEGENDARY ALBERT HOUNDS.  I bred LUCY to NITE CH. COAL MTN. MORK, and from this cross came, NITE CH. THORNHILL'S HOPELESS. HOPELESS was the dam of GRAND NITE CH. - GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS' BIG TIME ALBERT. The sire was GR. NITE CH. OAKCHIA WILLIE BOY.

CH. NITE CH. OAKCHIA LUCY was by GRAND NITE CH. - GRAND CH., DAPPER DAN, and the dam was GRAND NITE CH. 'PR' THORNHILL'S JULIE.  DAPPER DAN was a WAGNER bred hound.  JULIE was by NITE CH. LANDRUM'S RAINBOW, who was by NATIONAL GR. NITE CH. 'PR' HART'S BLACK DIAMOND, who was mostly a GOSSETT bred hound. JULIE'S dam, JONES SOUTHERN BEAUTY, was by GRAND NITE CH. TENNESSEE RAMBLER, and RAMBLER'S dam was mostly GOSSETT breeding, therefore, the ALBERT BLACK & TANS go back to the GOSSETT and WAGNER dogs.

UKC - GRAND NITE CHAMPION,  UKC - GRAND SHOW CHAMPION,  AKC - NITE CHAMPION

'PR' HICKS' BIG TIME ALBERT

SIRE - GR. NITE CH.

OAKCHIA WILLIE BOY

DAM - NITE CH.

THORNHILL'S HOPELESS

1990 - WINTER CLASSIC - WON GR. NITE CH. OF BREED

1990 - WON BLACK & TAN SECTIONAL, AT DAYTON, TN - WON HIGH SCORING HOUND

1990 - BLACK & TAN DAYS - WON SECOND PLACE GRAND NITE CH.

1991 - GRAND AMERICAN - WAS DOUBLE CAST WINNER AND HIGH SCORING BLACK & TAN

1991 - AKC SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HUNT - HIGH SCORING DOG ON FRIDAY NIGHT

1992 - GRAND AMERICAN 11TH PLACE SATURDAY

1990 - GEORGIA HALL OF FAME - HIGH SCORING B&T AND DOUBLE CAST WINNER

1992 - GEORGIA HALL OF FAME - GR. NITE CH. WINNER WON- 18 OF 21 CASTS IN COMPETITION

Gene Hicks with TWO TIME ALBERT.

SIRE - BIG TIME ALBERT

DAM - GEORGE'S MAGIC SUE

Mitch Loggins with TWO TIME ALBERT.

A winning combination, any way you stack them.

 

 

 

TWO TIME ALBERT was a LIVING LEGEND.  He was probably the greatest BLACK & TAN hound to ever live.  Any dog to ever win a cast against him was lucky, and there was not a dog that ever beat him twice. He was absolutely, the fastest, and the most well-balanced hound that I've ever seen of any breed. He was a coon treeing classic within himself.  Our Breeding Program today is solely centered on TWO TIME ALBERT.

TWO TIME ALBERT'S WINNING RECORD

GRAND NITE CH. GR. SHOW CH.

'PR' HICKS' FOUR TIME ALBERT

SIRE - GR. NITE CH. GR. CH.

HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT

DAM - HICKS' BLACK ROSEY

GRAND NITE CHAMPION, GRAND SHOW CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS DIAMOND BILL was a littermate brother, to the famous TWO TIME ALBERT

Mitch Loggins with GRAND NITE CHAMPION, GRAND CHAMPION, 'PR' LOGGINS' FOUR TIME FLOYD.  Floyd was sired by, THREE TIME ALBERT.  Floyd's dam was THUNDER MOUNTAIN MANDY, Also pictured, is Ray Loggins and GRAND NITE CHAMPION HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT. THREE TIME ALBERT, was sired by TWO TIME ALBERT. THREE TIME ALBERT'S dam was GR. NITE CHAMPION FLIPPO'S DRIVING MISS RUBY.

NITE CHAMPION THUNDER MTN. BRANDY AND HICKS' BLACK PEPPER

GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND SHOW CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' PRETTY BOY ALBERT

SIRE - GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT

DAM - 'PR' HICKS BLACK PEPPER

 Left to right - GRAND CHAMPION - THREE TIME ALLIE, DUAL GRAND - PRETTY BOY ALBERT, DUAL GRAND - THREE TIME ALBERT, AND DUAL GRAND - THUNDER MOUNTAIN ELI.

 

GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SWEETWATER SAILOR

Here are two of my all time favorites.  Left to right - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - PKC CHAMPION -  'PR' THUNDER MOUNTAIN ELI, and GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER.

GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER

 

FINISHED NITE CHAMPION with three first place wins

FINISHED GRAND NITE CHAMPION in six casts

2005 - UKC WINTER CLASSIC NITE HUNT CHAMPION

2005 - UKC NATIONAL GRAND NITE CHAMPION of BREED, AT AUTUMN OAKS

2007 - First place winner, GRAND NITE WINNER, at  BLACK & TAN DAYS - Saturday Night

2009 - UKC WORLD QUARTER-FINALS at DECATUR, TN - Double Cast Winner, Second Place over-all

2009 - UKC WORLD HUNT FINALIST - TOP 100

GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER

SIRE - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT

DAM - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - HOLLOWAY'S TENN. LADY

'PR' HICKS' THUNDER MOUNTAIN ELI

SIRE - GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' THREE TIME ALBERT

DAM - GRAND CHAMPION - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - 'PR' GARRETT'S DANCING DAISY

UKC - GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND SHOW CHAMPION

PKC - CHAMPION

2005 - DOUBLE CAST WINNER - UKC WINTER CLASSIC

2005 - CAST WINNER - AUTUMN OAKS

2005 - CAST WINNER AND HIGH SCORING BLACK & TAN AT GRAND AMERICAN

2006 - CAST WINNER AND HIGH SCORING BLACK & TAN AT GRAND AMERICAN

2004 - MONROE COUNTY COON CLUB, WON HIGH SCORING DOG OF THE YEAR AWARD

UKC NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SIX TIME ALBERT

UKC NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION,  THREE WINS TOWARD GR. NITE CH. - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN SASSY

 

ALBERT and SASSY are littermate brother and sister.  They are sired by, GR. NITE CH. - GR. CH. - 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER.  Their Dam is THUNDER MOUNTAIN BEAUTY.  ALBERT finished NITE CHAMPION with, two first place cast wins, and a second place cast win.  He was the high scoring dog of the hunt with competition, at 2010 TENNESSEE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

SASSY finished NITE CHAMPION in three hunts, with two first and a second, to win her NITE CHAMPION degree.  Before her untimely death last year, SASSY had won three wins toward her GRAND NITE CHAMPION DEGREE.

ALBERT and SASSY are strong line bred ALBERT dogs, with a double shot of TWO TIME ALBERT in them.

ALBERT and SASSY treed

'PR' THUNDER MTN. A.J., A young hound sired by SIX TIME ALBERT

 

 

If you're interested in a good BLACK & TAN, give us a call.  We would like to ALBERTIZE you.  Most of the time, we have puppies and started hounds for sale.  Also, we have Stud Service available from, GRAND NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION 'PR' HICKS' SUNDOWN RYDER, and from NITE CHAMPION - GRAND CHAMPION - 'PR' HICKS' SIX TIME ALBERT.

 

 

HOME PHONE - 1-865-213-3958

CELL - 1-423-326-5217

EMAIL -  Johic8@aol.com

 

GENE HICKS

11070 Blue Springs Rd

Sweetwater, Tn 37874

 

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